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Treasure hunters find hidden bounty off Madagascar

The sunken remains were found close to the small island of Sainte Marie.

A team of American explorers today claimed to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - A team of United States underwater explorers on Friday found a treasure hoard off Madagascar that was seized by the notorious seventeenth century pirate, Captain William Kidd.

UN cultural arm UNESCO said the treasure hunters may have destroyed a precious archaeological site.

A 50 kilogram silver bar, believed to have been taken off the wreck of the pirate ship Adventure Gallery, has been handed to Madagascar president Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

The sunken remains were found close to the small island of Sainte Marie.

Pirate-hunter-turned-buccaneer, William Kidd, was executed by British authorities 317 years ago.

Generations of treasure hunters had been searching for Kidd's booty.

Adventurer Barry Clifford said they'd found 16 wrecks close to the remains that yielded the treasure.